Starting seedlings in perlite for DWC

emrldthumb

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So I made a run to the local hydroponics store today and got the things I needed for my first DWC bucket. However, I forgot rockwool cubes for seedlings/clones. Is there any reason I can't start them in perlite instead like I do for my soil grows? I have tons of that. Would hate to make another trip unless it's necessary. I'm just not sure if the roots would be too delicate to transfer into clay pebbles without a little rockwool sanctuary.

I assume starting them directly in the pebbles would not work, heh.
 

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if you start them in perlite for soil I dont see why you cant for Hydro...be extra careful on the transfer
 

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Nope, I moved an older seedling from soil but then the stress caused her to hermy within a week of flipping. I'm going to stick to soil until my current grow gets closer to harvest, then restart the DWC bucket.
 

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Other people say it works fine. This particular plant was a stunted mutant so it had lots of problems.
 
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